Petition started over fate of Shropshire’s rural maternity units

A petition has been started to urge the Government to intervene in the fate of Shropshire’s rural maternity units.The petition is the latest move by campaigners concerned about what will happen to the midwife-led units in Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry.

It has been started by Worfield mother Bobbie Brown who said: “Bridgnorth and Ludlow midwife-led units are in danger of becoming ‘birthing units’ and being closed over night.

“We need to fight to keep these amazing services open 24 hours a day as they are now.”

She said campaigners had been challenging Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust over the lack of a solid commitment to fund the units in the long term “but no details have been announced yet about how rural maternity services will be funded beyond April 2017, when the current funding contract ends”.

“We have growing support now for all three maternity units – Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry,” she added.

“We have three campaigns running on Facebook, each with over 1,000 members, we have had media interest, gained support from our local town council and will be meeting with our local MP,” she said.

Concerns over the future of the units have grown recently in recent months, particularly after the temporary closure of Ludlow in October due to the state of the building it was housed in, and a recent suggestion that Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Oswestry become “birthing units”, on-call only during the night, to cut costs.

Full Story on Shropshire Star 31 December 2016